Amendment V

Document 10

Virginia Declaration of Rights, sec. 1

12 June 1776

1. That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

The Founders' Constitution
Volume 5, Amendment V, Document 10
The University of Chicago Press

Easy to print version.